Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

It Had to be You Book Review

A Christiansen Family Novel
Book Two

SUMMARY:  Come home to the Christiansens, where faith and family meet real life.
     Eden Christiansen never imagined her role as her younger brother Owen's cheerleader would keep her on the sidelines of her own life.   Sure, it feels good to be needed, but looking after the reckless NHL rookie leaves little time for Eden to focus on her own career.  She dreams to making a name for herself as a reporter but is stuck writing obits - and starting to fear she doesn't have the chops to land a major story.  If only someone would step up to mentor Owen ... but she knows better than to expect help from team veteran  and bad-boy enforcer Jack Jacobsen.
     Jace has built his career on the infamous reputation of his aggressive behavior - on and off the ice.  Now, at a crossroads about his future in hockey, that reputation has him trapped.  And the guilt-trip he's getting from Eden Chrisitansen isn't making things any easier.  But when Owen's carelessness leads to a career-threatening injury and Eden stumbles onto a story that could be her big break, she and Jace are thrown together ... and begins to wonder if they belong on the same team after all.

REVIEW:  As always, Susan May Warren does not disappoint with her latest novel. The Christiansen Family is awesome and I loved learning more about Eden.  One of my favorite things was when she starts looking for the friends and family members of a young man, John Doe, in a coma in the hospital.  Her dedication and determination to locate this man's family so that they could be there with him is remarkable.  I also like the direction Jace takes in deciding what life might be like after hockey and the decision Eden makes regarding her job, too. 
     Also included at the end of my copy is the prequel to the Christiansen Family series, I Really Do Miss Your Smile.  It tells the story of Ingrid and John Christiansen and the love that started it all.  It was a great addition and I loved reading their story!
     It Had to be You is a wonderful novel that everyone needs to check out.

This book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group for review without compensation.

Susan May Warren is the bestselling, Christy and RITA Award-winning author of more than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike.  She spent eight years as a missionary in Russia with her husband and four children before returning to Minnesota's north shore to write full-time.  Visit her website at

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